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The Countess of Wessex says The Queen is “thinking of others before herself”


The Countess of Wessex has revealed that The Queen is “thinking of others before herself” following on from the Duke of Edinburgh’s death on Friday.

Speaking outside a private service at the Royal Chapel of All Saints in Windsor, Sophie said that the 94-year-old monarch is “amazing.”

The Earl of Wessex added that his mother is “bearing up” following the death of her husband of 73 years.

Sophie also spoke fondly of her father-in-law, saying how much he cared for his staff and other local people.

The Countess said: “He always exchanged words with everybody because it didn’t matter what anybody was doing in and around the estate here or anywhere else, they all meant a lot to him, and he always took a very personal interest in everything that they were doing.

“They all have stories to tell, and most of them are very funny as well.”

The Countess of Wessex has become a major source of support for The Queen, with the 56-year-old visiting the monarch at Windsor Castle on Friday to comfort Her Majesty.

Prince Edward has also spoken of his father’s death, saying it has come as a shock.

The Earl said: “However much one tries to prepare oneself for something like this, it is still a dreadful shock and we are still coming to terms with that – it is very very sad.

“I have to say, the extraordinary tributes and the memories that everybody has had and have been willing to share has been so fantastic.

“It just goes to show, he might have been our father, grandfather and father-in-law, but he meant so much so many other people.